Participating Leaders

Antone Minthorn, Cayuse

Antone Minthorn was born and raised in Cayuse Country, on and around the lands of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). With ancestral ties to the Cayuse, Umatilla and Nez Perce, Minthorn received an education from Gonzaga University and Eastern Oregon College, graduating from the later with training in urban and regional planning. Minthorn's work as a land-use planner and zoning administrator for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla in the 70's helped develop their Comprehensive Plan, which has since guided the development of the CTUIR. In 1981, Minthorn was elected Chairman of the General Council, a position he occupied for about 15 years. He then was elected Chairman for the Board of Trustees in 1997, the highest elected position of the CTUIR. As Chairman, currently serving in his second term, Minthorn pursues three main goals: create economic stability within the CTUIR; make education more accessible; and, restore Umatilla land to its original boundaries. Minthorn serves on several boards including for the Institute for Tribal Government, and Ecotrust, and is also active with numerous other regional and national efforts and organizations.

Read the transcript of Antone Minthorn's interview on sustainability: Antone_Minthorn_interview.pdf

Read some of Antone's thoughts on the subject of sustainability for his community: Minthorn_on_Sustainability.pdf